Book BlurbNine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.
A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.
In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.
A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?
Excerpt from Luna Black
I can remember the conversation we had word for word.
“Wow. Tessa Darksky. You’re quite the hot Goth today,” he told me as I placed the red berry smoothie on the table and took a seat. Café Nervosa was located in a converted church and the old pews provided a cost-effective solution for seating. They seemed rather inappropriate for our meeting.
Tessa Darksky was my vampire name–everyone in our circle of friends had them. Guy’s vampire name was Glory Bloodrayne, and Victory Dead’s real name was, well you can guess the first. It’s not hard.
“So, I’m all aquiver,” Dead said. “Why are you here? Is there some dark twisted enterprise you need Dead’s help with? Or have you finally tired of Master Bloodrayne and want to try some fresh blood?”
Dead was his usual understated self. I’d always known he had a soft spot for me and I planned to use it to my advantage.
“I want to meet a vampire.”
Dead laughed. And then he laughed some more.
“I’m serious, Dead. There’s money in it for you if you can introduce me to one.”
Funny how the dollar sign gets people every time. I’d learnt as much from my time at the bank.
“A thousand dollars. Cash.”
He leaned in closer. “Does Guy know about this?”
“No. And he’s not going to.”
“I want to organise a surprise for him.”
Dead’s ochre eyes lit up–despite competing with heavy sky-black eyeliner. “For his birthday?”
“Well, well. A surprise birthday party with an actual vampire as the surprise–you are a strange one. Give me a week, and I may just fulfil your wish.” He stood to leave and patted my hand for reassurance. “Don’t worry. Your secret is safe with me.”
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About The Author
A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.
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